One million.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one million Americans have died from the disease.

 

It’s nearly impossible to grasp just what that means or represents.

 

But too many can unfortunately explain the insurmountable loss of their loved one from COVID-19. Those who have lost grandparents, parents, children, brothers and sisters, neighbors and friends live with that heartache every day.

 

The women and men who have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic can also tell you of the incredible grief they feel over the loss of their patients. When the world was shutting down in March of 2020, these brave caregivers rushed in to do what they were trained to do…to care for others. And they did it with great courage, compassion, and bravery at a time when there was so much we didn’t know about the virus and faced limited supplies to protect themselves and their patients.

 

As we pause to reflect on this incredibly horrific milestone of the COVID-19 pandemic in this country, we do so by honoring the lives of those we have lost and holding up all those who have been on the front lines for more than two years caring for all in their community when they needed it most. We are forever grateful for their compassion, dedication and commitment to the patients and communities they serve.

 

Steve Ahnen, President, New Hampshire Hospital Association